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Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle (Grade 3) 2m 110y

  • (4yo, 2m 110y, Class 1, 24 runners)
  • Winner £42,712 2nd £16,028 3rd £8,025 4th £3,998 5th £2,010 6th £1,005
  • Going: Good, Good to Soft in places
  • Surface: Turf
Weighed In:
  • Winning time: 3m 52.70s
  • Off time: 16:40:12
  • Last Updated: March 12 2014, 17:16 GMT

Yorkshire toasted its first Cheltenham Festival winner of the week when Hawk High swooped in the Fred Winter Juvenile Handicap Hurdle.

Hawk High struck for the north at Cheltenham
Hawk High struck for the north at Cheltenham

Trained in Great Habton by Tim Easterby, the Trevor Hemmings-owned four-year-old sprang a 33/1 surprise under Brian Hughes.

Hughes had been criticised in certain quarters for his ride aboard Attaglance in a Listed race on Tuesday, but timed things nicely here.

Clarcam's fall two flights out caused plenty of mayhem, a consequence of which saw Orgilgo Bay gain a definitive lead.

But Hawk High was not to be denied as a tidy jump at the last sealed the deal.

Katgary, who had been hindered by Clarcam's fall, stayed on to take second spot, three-quarters of a length in arrears.

Orgilgo Bay was third, while Keltus was also a slightly unlucky fourth.

Easterby said: "Delighted. It's the best place in the world to have a winner.

"He's a very decent horse and he needs a confident ride. He won on heavy at Warwick but he didn't seem to handle anything right at Haydock. I don't know why."

  • Horses work on a misty morning at Prestbury Park.
  • The cold start saw some of the Cheltenham employees out in first-time headgear...
  • Ruby Walsh looks pensive ahead of day two of the meeting.
  • The ladies arrive in their finery on Ladies Day...
  • and it looks as if spectacular hats are the order of the day...
  • as warm smiles melted the morning mists.
  • A racegoer left a floral tribute to Arkle.
  • Punters planned their bets in the big handicaps with military precision...
  • John Motson was among the racegoers at Prestbury Park on Wednesday...
  • Creepy sets a fast pace under Ian Popham in the Neptune...
  • but it's another winner for Ireland as Faugheen clears the last in fine style...
  • ....and the sun shines on favourite backers at Cheltenham.
  • Ruby Walsh salutes the crowd on the way back to the enclosures.
  • Life's good for Faugheen's owner Rich Ricci...
  • The runners are under orders for the RSA Chase
  • and as they come to the last O'Faolain's Boy has to fend off the attentions of Smad Place...
  • and a delighted Barry Geraghty claims his third RSA.
  • The Princess Royal and Zara Tindall watch their picks with interest
  • They begin the run for home in a gruelling renewal of the Coral Cup...
  • and Whisper is kicked clear with Get Me Out Of Here in pursuit...
  • Winning rider, Nico de Boinville punches the air in delight.
  • SIre De Grugy stays on stoutly up the hill to claim the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
  • The new and old guard with Sire De Grugy leaves Sizing Europe in his wake.
  • The new champion is patted by a delighted Jamie Moore...
  • Connections celebrate with their pride and joy.
  • Jamie and Gary Moore collect the Queen Mother trophy.
  • Sire De Grugy gives a grin as Jamie Moore looks on...
  • Balthazar King (red with blue stars) makes ground in the Cross Country Chase...
  • ...and it's many happy returns for the former winner under Richard Johnson.
  • Richard Johnson acknowledges the crowd after his victory.
  • Hawk High gets the better of the luckless Katgary in the Fred Winter...
  • and Brian Hughes  has the sweet taste of victory after a near-miss on Tuesday.
  • A downcast Tony McCoy returns after taking a fall from Goodwood Mirage.
  • It was a mixed day for some punters at Cheltenham...
  • Silver Concorde was a big priced winner of the bumper under Robbie McNamara...
  • but with the first six home all trained in Ireland - the tricolour was in evidence.
All the best images from Champion Chase day at Cheltenham.

Hemmings hailed the winning rider, saying: "The jockey suited the horse. We were delighted to get Brian Hughes, who rode him very well."

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